NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A cancer diagnosis can trigger feelings of frustration or despair. But for a local woman, those feelings were over-shadowed by hope and support in the form of her community and a Nashville nonprofit.
And even while facing cancer, Kelly Barns says the experience has made her stronger.
“It can be very frustrating. Inflammatory breast cancer, which is a very aggressive form of breast cancer,” Barns told News 2.
At 50, she was diagnosed and immediately she’d need five months of intense chemo, a mastectomy and radiation.
“This has taught me things not to take for granted anymore,” Barns said.
Through surgery and treatment, Barns stayed strong despite mounting setbacks.
“My employer made the decision to cut my pay in half and put me on an hourly wage,” she said.
For the first time in her life, she had no insurance and lost thousands in income—but she has since received reinforcement.
“I knew I wasn’t alone,” Barns told News 2.
Nashville General Hospital and Team Chad have helped her cover medical and everyday expenses.
“The Team Chad Foundation made a donation to assist me with my rent and utilities this past month, and they don’t even know me,” Barns said.
In memory of Chad Welch, Team Chad helps patients dealing with dramatic disruptions that accompany any disease.
It has given Barns even more reason for her positive outlook.
“My hair’s growing back, and my eyelashes and eyebrows!” she said with a laugh.
As of Tuesday, Barns is cancer free, and she will soon begin radiation.
For more information on Team Chad, click here to visit their website.
A Sip, Support, and Celebrate benefit and silent auction to benefit Team Chad will be held on June 10 at Richland Country Club. It begins at 5:30 p.m.